- Series: A Chance Sisters Romance (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (July 5, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425283801
- ISBN-13: 978-0425283806
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Summer Bride (A Chance Sisters Romance) Mass Market Paperback – July 5, 2016
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About the Author
Anne Gracie is the award-winning author of the Chance Sisters Romance series, which includes The Spring Bride, The Winter Bride and The Autumn Bride. She spent her childhood and youth on the move. The gypsy life taught her that humor and love are universal languages and that favorite books can take you home, wherever you are. Anne started her first novel while backpacking solo around the world, writing by hand in notebooks. Since then, her books have been translated into more than sixteen languages, and include Japanese manga editions. As well as writing, Anne promotes adult literacy, flings balls for her dog, enjoys her tangled garden, and keeps bees.
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Patrick Flynn, much like Daisy, was born poor. He’s created a shipping empire and is now on the hunt for a bride that will give him a permanent place among the upper classes. Daisy and Patrick are friends. Both have an appreciation for slightly outrageous fashion and a commonality in their beginnings.
For me, the very best thing about The Summer Bride is that is not another version of My Fair Lady or Pygmalion. While I enjoy a good makeover story as much as anyone, there is something beautiful about two people instead discovering that they love each other just as they are. Yes, Daisy’s accent is annoying and sometimes I wanted her to become Audrey Hepburn. Instead we get a lovely romance between two people who decide to thumb their noses at “the toffs” and just be who they are.
There is a scene in The Summer Bride that is one of the most heart-wrenching I’ve read in quite some time. I won’t ruin it for you but it involves a pair of shoes that Flynn has made for Daisy. It is beautifully done and classic Gracie. For that scene alone The Summer Bride is worth picking up.
By the end of the book I wanted to shake Daisy. Her stubbornness may have been understandable but it was really aggravating. I also didn’t like how Gracie finally tied Flynn and Daisy together, it made sense but it isn’t the way of true romance.
The Summer Bride is well done. It isn’t the masterpiece that I was hoping for to end the series but it’s a good book well worth spending some time with.
Then Patrick Flynn comes along. Patrick is a handsome Irishman and self-made. He has accomplished what she wishes for herself - has pulled himself out of poverty by his bootstraps and now is determined to win himself a society wife, the last step to show his reinvention is complete.
Daisy is a wonder character - feisty, down-to-earth, and not bound up in the world of the aristocrats, even though she wishes to design and make their clothes. Flynn is completely loveable and once he realises that the woman he wants might be hiding in plain sight, he pursues his courtship of her with the same single-mindedness he approached the business world.
I liked the way their common backgrounds and values drew them together. I love Flynn's devotion to Daisy and his authentic infatuation with her, once he admits it to himself, radiates from the pages. Daisy's belief that marriage would mean she gives up her business does seem a little contrived at times - surely she should know Flynn better than that? - but overall it is wonderful escapism with a huge dollop of the usual Anne Gracie humour.
I should have really like this story more but for some reason it fell flat and I suspect it is because it was too long and grew tedious in several areas. I also don't think the problem was with the principle characters but with many of the secondary ones who we know from the previous three books but who seem to have lost their personalities and sparkle and are just one dimensional and boring.
If you have read the series, by all means read this and finish it up. As a stand alone, it does not work.
I really liked the quotes from Jane Austen at the beginning of each chapter. Makes me want to go read her books!